Small gestures of kindness are sometimes the very thing that can make a person who is experiencing the isolating feelings of depression, realize that they are not so alone. In late November, someone in a makeup group that I am a part of posted that the Urban Decay Smokey palette was on sale for a ridiculously good price. I jokingly commented that I had a birthday approaching. A friend I had forgotten was in the group saw my post and purchased the palette for me. When she gave it to me I legit cried. It touched me that she wanted to make me feel good and I appreciate that gesture so much. Love you Morgan xoxoxox!!
I’m a HUGE Urban Decay fan. Since my rough and tumble teen days I have always gravitated to UD’s products. They offer you a great spectrum of pretty soft colours and they also had a full range of “edgy” colours long before it was trendy to do so. I remember buying a pewter silver lipstick and a metallic, army green nail polish (that perfectly matched a pair of thrifted corduroys). I wasn't into “looking pretty”. I wanted to look like Tank Girl or Joan Jett (sans mullet) or Souxsie Sioux. Covergirl just wasn’t going to cut it.
Now that I am a grown up, I’ve given them ALL OF MY MONEY. I really love their palettes because they are versatile. Day to night to rager at a vampire ball. Anything is possible.
Getting my base on was a challenge as my nose decided that it wanted to grow it's own head. I woke up the morning of this makeup application to a giant red zit on my face! It was so anygry. A little green concealer under my base took some of the 'heat' out of it but I was simply placating the acne demi-god, he would demand sacrifice soon enough.
My first look with the Smokey Palette is a nice soft day time look. It’s perfect for work, brunch, shopping. Anywhere that you want to look polished but not “made up”. Just a hint of definition to the eyes and a strong brow game, bring you and your face into polished perfection.
For the second look, I gave the eyes a little more definition and “smoke” Just a little drama. For the real talking piece of this look I added a bold red lip in a satin finish. The soft eyes and the bold lips create a nice balance.
For the third look I went full on Soap Opera Drama. Usually when doing a dark eye like this, I do my eye makeup first and then I do my face. If your shadows have fallout or your eyeliner gets out of hand you can clean it up when you’re done. Because I already had my base one this was a tricky look to pull off. I’ll fully admit that I cursed this idea from the minute I started on look three. What a mess. Managed to pull it of without destroying my foundation but I was Stressed!!
I smoked out my eyes with dark greys and purples and blending them out with a soft chocolate colour. Highlighting my inner corners and brow bone. Throw on a pair of killer lashes and that’s that. To up the lip game, I added Mac cyber to the inner corners, blending towards the middle for an ombre effect. It’s definitely a look for a romantic dinner for two.
Additional Makeup Notes:
Foundation: Makeup Forever Ultra HD
Concealer: Mac Pro Longwear
Setting Powder: KVD Lock-it Setting Powder
Brows - Look 1 and 2: ColourPop Brow Pencil
Contour: KVD Shadows and Light
Blush: Sara Bella Makeup
Look 1: Marc Jacobs
Look 2: Sara Bella Makeup in Vixen
Look 3: Added MAC Cyber to the inner corners and blended out